The road to success in transportation innovations is paved by collaboration between cities and private companies, notes David Spielfogel, co-founder of urban problem-solvers company Ekistic Ventures. "The best approach is for government leaders to see their role as setting the ground rules and allowing new solutions to flourish within them," Spielfogel writes.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is close to completing an eight-phase project to enhance an 18-mile section of Interstate 75, including the addition of "machine-readable infrastructure that supports automated and connected vehicles." The area is home to many companies researching autonomous vehicles technology, and the effort could serve as a national model.
The US Department of Transportation wants to test connected vehicle technology in Florida's Tampa Bay area, and to lure 1,600 private vehicle volunteers to the program, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will lower their toll rates by 30%. A device attached to each car will measure speed and braking distances to evaluate the safety and environmental benefits of connected vehicle technology.
Researchers at Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Southwest Research Institute are testing connected-vehicle technology that will warn drivers if they're going the wrong way on a road -- and warn other motorists of the approaching wrong-way driver. The technology ultimately could be used in autonomous cars.
The second hiring of an executive from British car-maker Aston Martin Lagonda, has sparked conjecture that home-appliances-maker Dyson is manufacturing an electric vehicle. Both companies declined to comment after Dyson hired executives Ian Minards in September and David Wyer recently.
President Donald Trump disbanded two business advisory councils this week after members began resigning over his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. As a result, the president has abandoned plans to form the Advisory Council on Infrastructure to advise him on his planned $1 trillion infrastructure investment.
Harriet Tregoning, former principal deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says technology like autonomous vehicles is causing disruption for urban planners, but change has always been part of managing a city. She adds that cities must be aware of the entire costs, both economic and social, of these changes.
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